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A few weird Babylonian Math facts

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1) The Babylonians did not have an algorithm for long division. Instead they based their method on the fact that

\frac{a}{b} = a \times \frac{1}{b}

How does this apply to real life? I have met several people who can’t do basic division. For instance, what is 1 divided by 2. Not only can they not respond with 0.50 or one half or something related, they typically get defensive. It’s downright weird.

I suspect they may ‘think’ in and their primary perspective may be Ancient Babylonian Mathematically based and/or a similar system.

2) The Babylonian system of mathematics was sexagesimal (base 60) numeral system.

From this we derive the modern day usage of 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, and 360 degrees in a circle

 

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